Katie is a social entrepreneur and LGBTQ advocate. She is Co-Founder & President of tech nonprofit AsylumConnect. Katie has led AsylumConnect in establishing the first online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Her work has been recognized by the UN, Clinton Foundation, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and others.
Growing up, Katie experienced first-hand how a lack of support can significantly impact the confidence and overall educational experience of LGBTQ students. She co-founded UPchieve to build a diverse network of volunteers who can serve as positive role models for LGBTQ youth and other disadvantaged students.
Katie received her B.A. cum laude with distinction in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Management Studies from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Sam Sawchuk, Advisor
Sam Sawchuk is currently the co-founder of Sandwich for a Story, a global awareness initiative that looks to break down stigma between those suffering from homelessness and the rest of society. Sandwich for a Story has impacted thousands of people across the globe by using storytelling as a medium to changes peoples perceptions towards those without a home.
Sam also serves as the co-founder and CEO of BrandSchools, a company which empowers youth to create their path through digital skills learning. A passionate believer in the power of technology to connect and inspire, Sam has held a variety of positions in the technology industry at Ayogo Health, Uber, Tembo Education, Hired and Startup Calgary. Sam’s work has been featured at the United Nations, TEDx, the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as numerous national media outlets.
UPchieve is thrilled to utilize Sam's experience in education, technology, and organizational leadership.
Ashley Adams, PhD, Advisor
Ashley Adams is the Director of Student Affairs at Penn State University. In this role, she manages and supports the co curricular learning experience of Penn State’s World Campus students. She has worked in higher education for over 7 years and has experience in multiple functional areas including admissions, academic advising, retention and student support.
Ashley has a passion for advancing student services which is evident from her numerous presentations at local and regional higher education conferences. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Truman State University, Master of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University and earned her PhD Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.
UPchieve is very excited to learn from Ashley’s extensive experience in online learning.
Peggy Liao, Advisor
Jay Rothberg, Advisor
Jay Rothberg had a long and distinguished career as a college student personnel administrator and association management executive. He served as a Vice President and Director at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for 26 years; the last 13 as the Vice President – Office of the CEO. Prior to the AICPA, Jay served as Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs and as a student personnel administrator at three private colleges. Jay has a BS Degree from The American University and a MA from New York University.
Alex Patino, Advisor
Most recently, Alex Patino was the Chief Trading and Operating Officer for Athena Capital Research. He held that title since September 2015, after having served as Director of Trading from September 2014. In this role, he led the North America trading division of a global quantitative fund and oversaw and educated quantitative traders and researchers on market impact, market regimes, and exchange microstructure. During his tenure, he rebuilt the firm's US equities, CME and ICE futures trading desks by upgrading technology and recruiting top-tier portfolio managers. He also focused on the firm's strategies in relation to capital allocation, market exposure, volatility and exchange-related microstructure. Alex first joined the firm as a Portfolio Manager in 2011, focusing on a mean-reversion long/short trading strategy for US equities.
He joined Athena Capital from Coastal Trade Securities, where he was a Director of Technology from November 2009 to September 2011 and a Quant Developer from June to November 2009. As Director of Technology, he was responsible for all technology for automated strategies, overseeing both back-testing and forward-testing, feed handlers and automation. He also designed a data collection system for US equity market data that covered pre- to post-market, calibrated to the micro-second level and migrated to test servers for strategy back-testing. Before joining Coast Trade Securities, Alex was a consultant from June 2003 to April 2009, working with clients that included Newfield Life Capital and Brevet Capital Management.
Alex received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2003.